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Victoria Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher

Coalition Recognises Outstanding International Students With New Victorian Scholarships For Research

Victor P Taffa

The Victorian Coalition Government has recognised the outstanding calibre of seven international students conducting specialised doctorate-level research in Victorian universities with the awarding of Victorian International Research Scholarships.

Under the Coalition’s Victoria Leader in Learning initiative, the Victorian Government will provide $20,000 per year for three years for each of these scholarships which, together with support provided by the host Victorian university are valued at $90,000 per student.


“The scholarships are a key component of the Victoria Leader in Learning initiative to support high-calibre students to make the most of their educational experience here in Victoria.” Minister for Innovation, Services and Small Business Louise Asher said.

Ms. Asher, who presented recent recipients with an award at a ceremony at Parliament House last night, said the scholarship program supported high-performing international scholars who had looked around the world for a top research environment and selected a Victorian university and supervisor for their doctorate research.

“These recipients are the first to benefit from the $1.2 Million Victorian International Research Scholarship program which acknowledges the strength of our universities in a variety of research fields, and the calibre of the international students who choose to come to Victoria to study.” Ms. Asher said.

“Victoria is a world leader in infectious disease research, cancer research, stem cell research, neuroscience research, agricultural research and environmental and water technologies.”

“Research scholars come from all over the world to study these and other subjects at our universities and use our leading edge research facilities, world-renowned medical institutes and state-of-the art technology platforms.”

“Victoria’s international students make a significant contribution to Victoria’s diverse multicultural society and create the foundation for future global research, business and community links.” Ms. Asher said.

Victorian universities nominated their top international students and applications were assessed by a panel of experts.

The Victorian International Research Scholarship winners recognised at Parliament House last night are:

Jie Yen Fan from Malaysia, who will conduct research in Mathematical Sciences at Monash University

Amanda Lee Jue Er from Singapore, who will research cancer formation at the University of Melbourne

Verena Schadewaldt from Germany, who will undertake research in Nursing and Health Sciences with the Australian Catholic University

Sepideh Minagar from Iran, who will research the biomedical applications of growing bioactive nano-tubes on titanium or titanium alloys, at Swinburne University.

Sara Ohadi from Iran, who will research invasive plants at the University of Melbourne

Gonzalo Diaz from Argentina, who will research astronomy at Swinburne University

Francesca Cavalieri from Italy, who will research drug delivery applications at the University of Melbourne.


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